Swaging WCC 5.56 brass


May 11, 2014, 12:30 AM
Tonight I was prepping some WCC range pick up brass and during the swagging process this brass was so difficult to remove off the small primer pocket head from a RCBC primer pocket swager tool. I ran this brass three times through the swagging process, checking my setup each time. ON most of the brass I had to slam my press handle two or three times or hit it with the heel of my hand before the brass would come off the head,

Has anyone had this problem, or is the brass thicker on WCC brass in the primer pocket area than other makes of brass.

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May 11, 2014, 12:39 AM
I've done a bunch of that brass with the CH-4D unit, same as Lake City as far as I could tell.


May 11, 2014, 01:38 AM
I've swaged lots of WCC brass but used a Dillon Super Swager, and had no problems getting the brass to fall right off the rod. In fact I use a rubber band to throw the brass off the rod so I don't have to touch it to remove it.

Maybe you have a burr on the rod?

May 11, 2014, 05:59 AM
Never had ANY problems swaging WCC primer pockets.
Have you used the primer swager on other small primer pockets?

ole farmerbuck
May 11, 2014, 06:19 AM
Give the brass or the tool a little shot of lube once in a while.

May 11, 2014, 06:50 AM
No problem swaging any brass with Dillon 1200 swaging tool. WCC is just like any other headstamp needing swaging.

May 11, 2014, 09:20 AM
THanks guys, I'll get together an assortment of headstamps and see if its the batch of brass I have or a die setup. Also will try lube. I've swagged 7.62 in the past without any problems.

May 11, 2014, 10:14 AM
Lube made a huge diff for me. Maybe every 10th case? Effortless.


May 11, 2014, 10:47 AM
If you have a batch that has a slightly thicker web area you might have to adjust for that as you do for other brands of brass. I had this problem once on some brand of brass. I now use the CH-4D swager that works on top of my press and has no rod to put inside the brass then adjust, now this is no longer an issue.;)

ole farmerbuck
May 11, 2014, 11:07 AM
The reason I said lube is because I had the RCBS press mounted swagger and it was difficult to get the swagger out of the pocket. I now use a Dillon with no problems without lube.

May 11, 2014, 11:52 AM
OK, I've tried several makes of brass, Lc 05, fc 12, psd, lc 10, fc 223 rem, imi, and cbc, though i don't think the cbc had a crimp. Most were hard to remove off the primer head, then i lubed a couple and that seems to work. I guess I'll need to change tools for this operation. I also lubed and ran three of the wcc brass and they let go easy.

ole farmerbuck
May 11, 2014, 01:02 PM
Hornady (or others) spray lube works for this. Is this a press mounted swagger?

May 11, 2014, 01:44 PM
Yes, press mounted rcbs swager kit

ole farmerbuck
May 11, 2014, 01:46 PM
The dillon sure costs more but you'll be happy if you decide to switch.

May 11, 2014, 02:06 PM
Yes, I'm sure it will. Gonna add one to the bottom of my wish list. The rcbs swager is going to have to do for now with some lube.

May 11, 2014, 03:01 PM
Rcbs makes a dedicated swager now too. Was 75 on sale at midwayusa a week or so ago.

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